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Tobe Seals Up Place in Doha - National Track and Field Championships Day One Highlights



The 2019 Japanese National Track and Field Championships got rolling Thursday at Fukuoka's Hakatanomori Field. Men's high jump national record holder Naoto Tobe (JAL) became the first athlete at Nationals to secure a place on the Doha World Championships team, clearing 2.27 m on his first attempt while his three remaining competitors including last year's national champ Takashi Eto (Ajinomoto) all maxed out at 2.24 m. Tobe attempted 2.30 m after securing the win but missed all three attempts.


Japan's year leader in the 1500 m Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) outkicked half marathon national record holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) over the last lap to take the men's 5000 m final with a season best 13:41.27. Shitara's fellow 2:06 marathoner Hiroto Inoue (MHPS) led the chase pack behind breakaway leader Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) mid-race but ended up 13th in 14:09.23. 2019 National Cross Country champ and the fastest Japanese man over 5000 m this year, Yuta Bando (Fujitsu) was off his game from the start at 17th in 14:17.50.

In the men's discus throw final, 2018 2nd-placer Yuji Tsutsumi (Alsok) cleared 60 m for the first time with a PB 61.64 m for the win. Runner-up Shinichi Yukinaga (Shikoku Univ.) also threw a PB of 56.67 m to beat last year's winner Masateru Yugami (Toyota) who took 3rd in just 56.52 m. In the women's discus throw as well, last year's 2nd-placer Minori Tsujikawa (Tsukuba Univ.) outthrew defending champ Maki Saito (Tokyo Joshi Taiiku Univ.) for the win with a throw of 51.42 m.

In qualifying action, the biggest excitement of the day was in the men's 100 m. National record holder Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Univ. of Florida) tied the meet record of 10.05 to win his semifinal by 0.15 over Aska Cambridge (Nike) with a wind reading of +0.1 m/s, saying afterward that it was about a 60% effort. Yuki Koike (Sumitomo Denko) was nearly as impressive in the other semi, even with former national record holder Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei) for the first 2/3 of the race before pulling away to win in 10.09 +0.2 m/s to Kiryu's 10.22.


Kiryu's former Toyo University teammate Julian Walsh (Fujitsu) took another step closer toward qualifying for Doha, running a season best 45.45 to lead the qualifiers for the men's 400 m final by 0.80. Walsh's current teammate Kazuya Shiojiri (Fujitsu) took an even bigger step, running a PB 8:27.25 to clear the men's 3000 m steeplechase Doha standard in winning his qualifying heat. All that's left for him to do to make the team is win the final. Ryoma Yamamoto (JAL) has the best chance of qualifying for Doha in the men's triple jump, but in the qualifying round he was only 4th at 15.84 m. His main rival Kohei Yamashita (ANA) jumped 16.12 m, the only man to clear 16 m.

In the women's 100 m none of last year's top three made the final, Anna Doi (JAL) and Yuna Miura (Shibata H.S.) leading the qualifiers in 11.60. The top two in last year's 400 m also didn't make it this time, 3rd-placer Yuna Iwata (Chuo Univ.) getting through in 53.97 ranked 4th behind leader Nanako Matsumoto (Toho Ginko) in 53.68. The top two men in the 800 m from last year both made it through but newcomer Allon Tatsunami Clay (Soyo H.S.) looked like champion material as he led the qualifiers in 1:47.54.  The defending top 3 in the women's 3000 mSC all made it through ranked 2nd through 4th, but in the #1 spot was Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) at 10:08.74, setting up for an exciting final.

The National Track and Field Championships continue through Sunday.

103rd National Track and Field Championships Day One

Hakatanomori Field, Fukuoka, 6/27/2019
complete results

Finals

Men's 5000 m
1. Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) - 13:41.27
2. Hideyuki Tanaka (Toyota) - 13:43.13
3. Hazuma Hattori (Toenec) - 13:44.40
4. Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) - 13:46.39
5. Akira Aizawa (Toyo Univ.) - 13:47.00
6. Kazuma Taira (Kanebo) - 13:47.19
7. Hyuga Endo (Sumitomo Denko) - 13:47.25
8. Yuta Shitara (Honda) - 13:47.31
9. Shota Onizuka (Tokai Univ.) - 13:47.44
10. Takanori Ichikawa (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:55.16

Men's High Jump
1. Naoto Tobe (JAL) - 2.27 m
2. Takashi Eto (Ajinomoto) - 2.24 m
3. Ryo Sato (Tonichi Insatsu) - 2.24 m
4. Naoto Hasegawa (Niigata Albirex RC) - 2.24 m
5. Yuto Seko (Chukyo Univ.) - 2.20 m

Women's Discus Throw
1. Minori Tsujikawa (Tsukuba Univ.) - 51.42 m
2. Maki Saito (Tokyo Joshi Taiiku Univ.) - 50.80 m
3. Natsumi Fujimori (Fukui Sports Assoc.) - 50.14 m
4. Nanaka Kori (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 49.06 m
5. Mitsuo Okamoto (Tokyo Joshi Taiiku Univ.) - 46.71 m

Men's Discus Throw
1. Yuji Tsutsumi (Alsok) - 61.64 m - PB
2. Shinichi Yukinaga (Shikoku Univ.) - 56.67 m - PB
3. Masateru Yugami (Toyota) - 56.52 m
4. Kazumasa Yomogida (Gold's Gym) - 56.50 m
5. Kengo Anbo (Kazuno T&F Assoc.) - 53.96 m

Final Qualifiers

Women's 100 m
Anna Doi (JAL) - 11.60
Yuna Miura (Shibata H.S.) - 11.60
Midori Mikase (Eniwa Kita H.S.) - 11.70
Hanae Aoyama (Osaka H.S.) - 11.72
Mei Kodama (Fukuoka Univ.) - 11.72
Maki Wada (Mizuno) - 11.74
Hina Ishido (Ritsumeikan Keisho H.S.) - 11.73
Tomomi Yanagiya (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 11.83

Men's 100 m
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Univ. of Florida) - 10.05 - MR tie
Yuki Koike (Sumitomo Denko) - 10.09
Aska Cambridge (Nike) - 10.20
Shuhei Tada (Sumitomo Denko) - 10.21
Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei) - 10.22
Takuya Kawakami (Osaka Gas) - 10.24
Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) - 10.27
Ryuichiro Sakai (Kansai Univ.) - 10.28

Women's 400 m
Nanako Matsumoto (Toho Ginko) - 53.68
Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei AC) - 53.71
Mami Kawasaki (Soyo H.S.) - 53.89
Yuna Iwata (Chuo Univ.) - 53.97
Konomi Takeishi (Toho Ginko) - 53.97
Saki Takashima (Soyo H.S.) - 54.19
Asami Shintaku (Art Home) - 54.49
Rina Yoshioka (Saikyo H.S.) - 54.51

Men's 400 m
Julian Walsh (Fujitsu) - 45.45
Kentaro Sato (Fujitu) - 46.25
Kota Wakabayashi (Surugadai Univ.) - 46.27
Mizuki Obuchi (Torihei AC) - 46.31
Mitsuki Kawachi (Kinki Univ.) - 46.39
Rikuya Ito (Waseda Univ.) - 46.43
Kazuki Matsukiyo (Fukuoka Univ.) - 46.55
Taichi Suzuki (Nihon Univ.) - 46.86

Men's 800 m
Allon Tatsunami Clay (Soyo H.S.) - 1:47.54
Junya Matsumoto (Hosei Univ.) - 1:47.80
Taichi Ichino (Roble) - 1:48.01
Takuto Hanamura (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 1:48.49
Tatsuya Nishikubo (Waseda Univ.) - 1:49.17
Sho Kawamoto (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:49.25
Kenta Umetani (Sunbelx) - 1:49.28
Daichi Setoguchi (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 1:49.61

Women's 3000 m Steeplechase
Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10:08.74
Nana Sato (Starts) - 10:08.79
Yukari Ishizawa (Edion) - 10:12.39
Yui Yabuta (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 10:14.43
Yuno Yamanaka (Ehime Ginko) - 10:14.60
Ayaka Koike (Owada Jutaku Sendai) - 10:18.84
Chikako Mori (Sekisui Kagaku) - 10:23.44
Moeno Shimizu (Panasonic) - 10:24.11
Yuki Akiyama (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10:24.24
Yuzuki Nishide (Kansai Gaikokugo Univ.) - 10:24.26
Manami Nishiyama (Matsuyama Univ.) - 10:28.33
Kana Miura (Tohoku Fukushi Univ.) - 10:31.72

Men's 3000 m Steeplechase
Kazuya Shiojiri (Fujitsu) - 8:27.25
Ryusei Takahashi (Aichi Seiko) - 8:31.82
Hironori Tsuetaki (Fujitsu) - 8:35.84
Ryohei Sakaguchi (Tokai Univ.) - 8:35.85
Yusuke Uchikoshi (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 8:37.58
Seiya Shigeno (Press Kogyo) - 8:37.75
Kosei Yamaguchi (Aisan Kogyo) - 8:38.70
Ryuji Miura (Rakunan H.S.) - 8:39.37
Ryoma Aoki (Hosei Univ.) - 8:40.50
Aoi Matsumoto (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 8:40.72
Seiji Kondo (Toyota) - 8:40.76
Takumi Yoshida (Waseda Univ.) - 8:41.77

Men's Triple Jump
Kohei Yamashita (ANA) - 16.12 m
Yuta Saito (Utsunomiya Kinen Kyoin) - 15.87 m
Yuki Yamashita (Ibaraki T&F Assoc.) - 15.87 m
Ryoma Yamamoto (JAL) - 15.84 m
Kyo Arimatsu (Niigata Albirex RC) - 15.73 m
Yuta Takenouchi (Juntendo Univ.) - 15.73 m
Shonosuke Saita (Yumeomirai) - 15.67 m
Hikari Ikehata (Surugadai Univ. AC) - 15.66 m
Seiya Tonai (Coronament) - 15.65 m
Yuma Okabe (Fukuoka Univ. AC) - 15.62 m
Ryosei Kakino (Gold's Gym) - 15.53 m
Ryosuke Inui (Tsukuba Univ.) - 15.49 m

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